HOW TO BE A PERSON IN THE WORLD - HEATHER HAVRILESKY
If you don't already read New York Magazine's Ask Polly column, then a) what the hell are you doing with your life? And b) let me help you. Yes, it's an agony aunt column - but don't let that put you off. Ask Polly contains some of the most deeply profound and wise advice I've ever heard, tackling everything from careers and money, to relationships and family dynamics. As a long-time Ask Polly devotee, I've been looking forward to the release of Heather Havrilesky's (the woman behind the column) latest book for ages, and it's every bit as good as I thought it would be.
THE BANKING REVOLUTION FOR WOMEN
Very into this Refinery 29 UK article about women and money, specifically the companies doing their bit to educate women about 'bigger picture' finances, such as planning for the future, investments, and ISAs etc. It's tempting to put off engaging with this kind of stuff and saving it "for when I'm older", but this explains why it's so important to start thinking about your finances in your 20s and 30s. Knowledge is power ladies, so get reading.
SALT - NAYYIRAH WAHEED
You've probably seen snippets of work by this poet floating around on Instagram without realising who they're by, but it's only when you read a full collection of Nayyirah Waheed's poems that you start to properly appreciate the full weight of her words (and talent). Salt is an incredible collection of beautifully evocative poetry and powerful storytelling, laden with themes of identity, femininity, and intimacy. Waheed is part of a new generation of rising female poets injecting a much-needed burst of energy into the genre, and I'm here for it.
GEORGIA O'KEEFFE EXHIBITION - TATE MODERN
This retrospective of pioneering artist Georgia O'Keeffe is completely fascinating, and very beautiful. O'Keeffe is a brilliant example of a woman who rejected the constraints others tried to impose on her to create entirely on her own terms, and the portraits of her scattered throughout somehow just exude strength. I challenge you to leave this exhibition without feeling incredibly inspired, and motivated. It's on until October 30, but really why wait?
THE PANDOLLY PODCAST - THE SUNDAY TIMES
I've recently gotten into podcasts in a serious way (yes I know, about five years after everyone else) - and I credit these two ladies with kickstarting my obsession. Hosted by Pandora Sykes (ST Style's Fashion Features Editor) and Dolly Alderton (ST Style's dating columnist) this lovely little podcast covers the best of the week's news, with a heavy dose of pop culture, fashion, and celebrity gossip. Full of light-hearted humour and gentle teasing, it's like listening to two of your friends taking the piss out of each other at the pub, in the best possible way.